“Proving to the World”: The Unique Declaration in Doctrine and Covenants Section 20
By Brian C. Hales
This week’s lesson deals with Doctrine and Covenants sections 20–22. These sections contain important messages regarding the restored Church, the performance of sacred ordinances, and the blessings of the priesthood in the lives of individuals and families.
Also tucked within these sections is a divine declaration that is unique to Latter-day Saint scripture. The first ten verses of section 20 present evidence that is proof that God lives and that he calls prophets on earth today. Verse 11 observes that something discussed earlier in the section is “proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old” (D&C 20:11). Nowhere else in scripture does God refer to evidences that are “proving to the world” anything specific. The declaration is unparalleled.
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- “Daughters of Christ”: Finding Language to Talk about Women and Priesthood
- The fallibility of prophets
- Restoring the Tapestry of the Restoration: Early Mormon Women’s Witness
- Mormonism and The Family: A Proclamation to the World
- Mormon beliefs about the day Jesus was actually born
- Have Mormons deviated from proper wording for the baptismal prayer?